The Danes – Clarke (Review)

the danes.pngA blonde, blue-eyed baby is born to a non-white family in Copenhagen. A DNA test proving parentage does little to stop accusations of infidelity. Shunned by her family and supported only in secret by her husband, Sorraya raises her child alone.

Soon, similar cases appear across Europe – thousands and thousands of apparently illegitimate children. Racial tensions rise as society grapples with ideas of culture and identity. There is a panicked scramble to search for a cause, or even a cure. Continue reading “The Danes – Clarke (Review)”

The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu – Sax Rohmer (Review)

the-mystery-of-dr.-fu-manchu-feb-2012The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu was originally published in 1913, and then followed with a succession of other novels dealing with the evil mastermind. They were recently (2012-ish) all reprinted, and I leapt, very slowly, at the chance to read a series which is poorly-remembered but had a giant cultural impact.  Continue reading “The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu – Sax Rohmer (Review)”

Django Unchained (2012) – Review

DjangoTarantino is a director who, in my opinion, tends to be very hit-and-miss. Reservoir Dogs is fantastic, as are parts of Pulp FictionKill Bill, on the other hand, leaves me cold – it’s meaningless, self-indulgent violence with no redeeming features. At his best, Tarantino is very, very good. At his worse, he seems almost like a parody of himself.

Django Unchained is one of the better ones. It’s not as slick or memorable as Reservoir Dogs, but it’s well-crafted and doesn’t drag. It also manages to explore an interesting society in some interesting ways.

Django Unchained is the story of a freed slave rampaging across the American South. Under the guidance of Dr. King Schultz, a german dentist/bounty hunter, Django learns the skills he needs to free his wife and extract revenge on the people who have wronged him.
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